People also like to hike in the morning in Arizona because it's cooler. I've never liked hiking in the morning because it's still hot then and you know it's only going to get hotter. Much hotter. I tried a morning hike recently, though. I volunteered to help put up a sign in Tonto National Forest that depicted the work done to remove salt cedar, an invasive species. We started out at 8 a.m. from the Picketpost trailhead.
I didn't take any cameras. Not even my cell phone. I only carried a backpack full of water. It was a cloudless day with the high forecast to be over 105F (41C). The leader of the group walked faster than I usually do on hikes but I didn't have any trouble keeping up on the way out. After we were done with the sign we hiked a little further to where the salt cedar had been removed. It was a beautiful area and I knew I'd be back to get some pictures when the weather was cooler. We headed back to the trailhead around 10. It was brutal. The sun was too high to find shade under a saguaro. I had to slow down to keep from overheating. All I could think about was the fact that the temperature was only going up and the only escape was my air-conditioned truck. I guess I'm still not a morning hiker.
One afternoon a few weeks later it was a little cooler because there were some monsoon storms around. I drove up the canyon east of Superior the check out the waterfalls and on the way back decided to hike out to the sign we had put up.
It was very cloudy so I still wasn't going to get any good pictures. I mostly wanted to be sure I remembered how to get out there since we had deviated from the official trail. When I got close to where the sign was, I heard lots of water flowing fast.